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Gibraltar Tiles

The Gibraltar Heritage Trust has announced a new placemat and coaster design in their Gibraltar Tiles.

The set features tile designs from property entrances in John Mackintosh Square, George’s Lane, Naval Hospital Road, and Turnbull’s Lane.

As with previously, they have been designed by talented local artist Beatrice Garcia who has taken a slightly more modern approach in interpreting this offering with bolder design crops and intricate detail.  

You can find this at the Main Guard Gift & Bookshop and

The minister and the monkey

Local Gibraltar based author, Amanda Simmons, and illustrator, Phoebe Noble, have written a new book, “The Minister and the Monkey.”

It is the first instalment in the “Walter from Gibraltar” adventure series, which promises to give young readers a sense of home while also exposing the unique magic of Gibraltar to a wider audience.

It tells the story of a young Barbary ape named Walter who struggles with reading and writing in school. But when the Queen of the United Kingdom visits The Rock and finds Herself in a bind, Walter rises to the occasion and saves the day with his cunning and overlooked skills.

“It is a book that will capture the hearts of both children and adults,” says Amanda. “It’s a fun and engaging with a story that will have readers cheering for Walter from beginning to end. The story takes young readers on a journey through familiar places in Gibraltar, showcasing the beauty and magic of this unique place.”

Limited edition signed copies are now available for pre-order via or via Instagram at gi.bookcase.

It will also be on Amazon.


Breast Cancer Support Gibraltar is organising its annual fund raising Tapas Night on Thursday 20th July 2023.  This is open to members of the public who are welcome to attend and help support the charity.

The event will take at Dolphin Restaurant, Rosia Bay, starting at 8:30 pm.  Tickets are £28 per person and includes paella, calamares, ensaladilla rusa and more.  There will also be some live music.

Members of the public wishing to attend should book by contacting
Shereen on WhatsApp +350 54012731 or visiting the booking site at

Two in a row for Jack Prior at Henley Royal Regatta

In an impressive display of skill and determination, Gibraltar native Jack Prior has emerged victorious once again at the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta. The talented rower secured his second consecutive win at the renowned event, solidifying his status as one of the worlds frontline rowers.

This year, Jack advanced in seniority and assumed the stroke seat for the coxless fours event, known as the Visitors’ Challenge Cup. The draw boasted several formidable contenders, including renowned American institutions such as Harvard and Princeton. Additionally, Australian challengers from Melbourne and strong British competitors, including Leander Rowing Club, provided fierce opposition for Oxford Brookes.

Throughout the week, Jack and his crew meticulously progressed through the rounds, effortlessly dispatching the Isis BC & London RC composite crew in the initial stage. The formidable Harvard University team was then ruthlessly defeated, serving as a clear warning to all competitors. In the semi-finals, a spirited composite crew from Molesey and the University of Bristol put up a fierce fight but fell short, leaving Jack’s crew to face their great rivals, Leander Rowing Club, in the final showdown.

In the wake of his historic victory, Prior expressed his gratitude to his coaches, teammates, and supporters, acknowledging their unwavering belief in his abilities. He attributed his success to the collective effort of a tight-knit team and vowed to continue striving for even greater achievements in the future.

When asked about his emotions following his remarkable triumph, Prior expressed his gratitude and delight, stating, “Winning at the Henley Royal Regatta for a second year in a row is an incredible honor. I am immensely proud to represent Gibraltar on this international stage and to bring this victory home to my fellow Gibraltarians.”

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